How Can I Participate?

There are many different ways you can be part of this historical Pilgrimage through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

Become A Guardian

Commit to at least three days of walking with the pilgrimage as a Statue Guardian.

Attend an Event

Attend the various events that parishes or the Archdiocese are sponsoring throughout the pilgrimage. See the Map or our Events Page to find out where the Mary statue will be each day and where you join in the festivities.

Walk With Us

Join a portion of the pilgrimage as it passes through your area. The route includes a stop at a parish in every deanery. Bring your friends, family or parish community and join us for a portion of the route.

Become a Spiritual Pilgrim

to receive a daily email and walk this pilgrimage spiritually with us.

Win A Trip To The Holy Land!

Those who sign up to be a Statue Guardian will automatically have their name entered into a drawing for two free tickets for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from December 28-January 7th, 2022 with School of Faith! 

Volunteer

Become a Statue Guardian Pilgrim

This pilgrim is committing to at least 3 full days of the pilgrim route. You will be part of a core team that carries the statue and leads daily prayers.

Overnight accommodations will be taken care of at the designated parish and meals will be provided. You will two housing options to choose from:

Option 1: You will be housed by a parish. 
Option 2: You will plan your own housing accommodations (whether returning home or staying at a hotel).  You will also be responsible for your own transportation to and from the appropriate parish sites. The CNE/AOC is only responsible for returning Statue Guardians on their final day to the location of their parked cars from the first day of their leg.

This is a first-come-first-serve sign up, with a maximum of 10 guardians per leg, and there will be a $25 non-refundable deposit, which includes water bottle, t-shirt, and a commemorative gift.

  1. Physical Requirement: Statue Guardians will walk at least 40 miles per leg and be expected to help carry (in a team of 4) a 50 pound Mary statue on a platform for 6-15 miles per day (rotating out during the day).
  2. All guardians are required to have completed the VIRTUS Safe Environment course.
  3. Guardians are committing to a rhythm of life as pilgrims, which includes attending daily Mass, daily praying of the rosary, Liturgy of the Hours (morning and evening prayer), small group conversation, and other various prayer experiences offered by parishes.
  4. Additionally, pilgrims will be asked to attend a 2-hour (virtual TBD) orientation session in April, at which time additional questions will be answered, teams will get to meet each other, etc.

How Do I Sign Up to Be a Statue Guardian?

To become a Statue Guardian pilgrim, you must register through Eventbrite using the link below. At checkout, you will be asked to choose the leg or legs of the pilgrimage you wish to attend.  You may choose more than one in order to lengthen your pilgrimage experience.

Those who sign up to be a Statue Guardian will automatically have their name entered into a drawing for two free tickets for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from December 28-January 7th, 2022 with School of Faith! 

 Dates are as follows:

  • Leg 1: May 16-19
  • Leg 2: May 19-22
  • Leg 3: May 22-24
  • Leg 4: May 24-26
  • Leg 5: May 26-29
  • Leg 6: May 29-June 2
  • Leg 7: June 2-5
  • Leg 8: June 5-7
  • Leg 9: June 7-10
  • Leg 10: June 10-14
  • Leg 11: June 14-19
After reserving your spot as a Statue Guardian through Eventbrite, please look for a follow-up email from Christen Aquino with the details and forms needed to complete your registration.
After reserving your spot as a Statue Guardian through Eventbrite, please look for a follow-up email from Christen Aquino with the details and forms needed to complete your registration.

For questions concerning being a pilgrim, please contact Wayne Topp at [email protected]

If the leg you want to register for is full, please contact Christen Aquino to be put on the wait list. [email protected]

Become a Spiritual Pilgrim!

There are many ways to spiritually take part in this pilgrimage. Sign up below for our daily email which will include reflections from our 33 Days to Morning Glory booklet as well as a link to our daily rosary podcast brought to you by School of Faith. To find a copy of a booklet, head to your local parish.

Click here for 33 Days to Morning Glory in ASL and other ASL Resources.

Submit Prayer Requests!

You are also invited to leave prayer requests that our pilgrims will take with them on their journey.

Submit A Prayer Request